Despite the Australians' best efforts in Mohali, sadly, the first day was still the high point for the tourists in the third Test. Photo: Getty Images
Australia has surrendered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Then again, given the tourists' plight in the third Test and this series, they may as well have knocked on the door of the Indian dressing room at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium and handed it over well before the final hour on Monday.
Even had Australia somehow conspired to save the match in a tense ending to the fifth day, the silverware was already gone.
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As it turned out, India just snuck home anyway, winning by six wickets as it reached the victory target of 133 with 15 balls to spare. But not before a limited-overs style finale that threatened to get nerve-racking until M. S. Dhoni slugged Mitchell Starc for three boundaries in an over to seal it.
An unassailable 3-0 series triumph secures India the trophy it so meekly gave up two summers ago in Australia, when it was annihilated 4-0.
If the reverse occurs with another Indian win in the fourth Test in Delhi, starting on Friday, this will be the first Australian team to be whitewashed in a series of three or more Tests since Kim Hughes' party was beaten 3-0 in Pakistan in 1982.
The task to avoid that ignominy will be even tougher if captain Michael Clarke is unable to overcome the back injury and lead the team later this week.
He contributed 18 as Australia was bowled out for 223 in its second innings on Monday.
The captain has for years suffered from disc problems in his lower back and he is in doubt for Friday's opening day.
Australia will have vice-captain Shane Watson and fast bowler James Pattinson back after their suspensions, along with Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja.
Watson's return to the touring party was conveniently announced on Monday, the day after Clarke was injured. The vice-captain does not have a great deal of captaincy experience but had he not flown back from Sydney it was anyone's guess who would be the next in line.
Brad Haddin stood in for Clarke while he was off the field for treatment in Mohali but he will be replaced by first-choice wicketkeeper Matthew Wade in Delhi.
Beyond that there is an undeniable leadership vacuum. Ed Cowan, with only 16 Tests behind him, is the only one with substantial experience of calling the shots, and that was only on an Australia A tour of England last year.
There will have to be at least another change to accommodate the return of Watson.
Phil Hughes will hope he is not the casualty but he could have done without a dodgy umpiring decision on Monday.
Two days ago Hughes was as good as history, at least on this tour, but a gutsy 69 breathed some life into his campaign.
Hughes has largely been his own worst enemy against India but he could not be fingered for the manner of his exit on Monday.
Instead, the man pointing his finger, umpire Aleem Dar, was to blame, as was a perpetual foe: the Indian board's opposition to decision-review technology. The 24-year-old was given out leg-before to Ravi Ashwin but replays showed the ball pitched on middle and leg stump and was missing leg clearly.
Australia (1st innings) 408
India (1st innings) 499
Australia (2nd Innings - overnight 3-75)
D WARNER c Dhoni b Kumar 2
E COWAN lbw b Kumar 8
P HUGHES lbw b Ashwin 69
S SMITH b Kumar 5
N LYON c Dhoni b Ojha 18
M CLARKE c Pujara b Jadeja 18
B HADDIN lbw b Ashwin 30
M HENRIQUES c and b Jadeja 2
P SIDDLE b Ojha 13
M STARC c Ashwin b Jadeja 35
X DOHERTY not out 18
Sundries (3lb, 1w, 1nb) 5
Fall of wickets: 2 (Warner), 35 (Cowan), 55 (Smith), 89 (Lyon), 119 (Clarke), 123 (Hughes), 126 (Henriques), 143 (Siddle), 179 (Haddin), 223 (Starc)
Bowling: B Kumar 10-1-31-3, I Sharma 9-1-34-0 (1w 1nb), R Ashwin 31-9-72-2, R Jadeja 16.2-6-35-3, P Ojha 21-6-46-2, S Tendulkar 2-0-2-0
India (2nd Innings)
M VIJAY st Haddin b Doherty 26
C PUJARA lbw b Lyon 28
V KOHLI c Hughes b Siddle 34
S TENDULKAR run out (Warner) 21
M DHONI not out 18
R JADEJA not out 8
Sundries (1w) 1
Total (4 wkts) 136
Fall of wickets: 42 (Vijay), 70 (Pujara), 103 (Kohli), 116 (Tendulkar)
Bowling: M Starc 10.3-1-51-0 (1w), P Siddle 11-2-34-1, N Lyon 5-0-27-1, X Doherty 7-2-24-1
Result: India won by 6 wickets
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
Series: India leads four-Test series 3-0